Kumul Devil City
Kumul Devil City is actually a Yadan landform which formed after long wind erosion to the nature. The Devil City takes a width of 5-10kilometers and a length about 400 kilometers from east Camel Peak to Wubao Shaer Lake, passing Yamansu iron mine and Dananhu coal mine. It is so mysterious that a green hand would get lost in this devil city, especially encountering windstorms.
In the Devil City, you can see landscapes like castles, palaces, stupas, steles, characters, various shapes of animals and dazzling cliffs. Besides, if fortunate enough, you can see colorful agates, clear plant fossils and small dinosaur egg fossil. Sometimes when night falls, people can hear outrageous bray like devils are wailing, which is the reason why this place is known as "Devil City". Actually here is an ancient castle ruins survived—Aisike Xiaer ancient castle: it is 6meters from the ground and is considered to be a posthouse on the Silk Road.
The Kumul Devil City now is a three-star scenic area and there is an ecologically friendly park in it. By walking into the marvelous park, you will have the feeling of wandering in a maze. In this vast Gobi desert, sight of alone or connected palaces seems really magnificent. In the magical devil city, not only can you take unique wonders in you sights, you can also freely indulge your imagination about various beautiful sceneries. What is more, those scarce wild animals there will make you deeply realize the preciousness of life and enhance your consciousness of protecting natural ecology.
The masterpieces of "wind, the carver" in Xinjiang include: the Bailongdui, or "White Dragon Pile", in Lop Nor; Wuerhe the "wind city"; the "Devil City" in Hami; the "Resonating Dune" at Baishitou; the "Weird Rock Valley" at Bo'ertala; as well as the numerous rocks with bizarre shapes scattered all over the Gobi.
The "White Dragon Pile" is a classic of the Yardan landform. It looks like a gigantic maze, with a kind of enormous beauty. It may be delightful to view the landscape that seems like a white dragon resting on an expansion of land. In history records, however, the "White Dragon Pile" was evil. Lying on the only pass into the well-known Loulan Ancient City, it served as a natural shield against possible invaders. Only the fact is most that have been eliminated by it were harmless ancient trade caravans seeking fortune along the Silk Road, or innocent modern daredevils trying to reach the unsolved myth of Loulan.
The "Wind City" is another grotesque product of the wind. In the "city" there are plenty of castles, palaces, streets, markets, people and animals – only that with the uncanny similarity to the real stuff, all of them are carved out of rocks by the wind. This "city" is an unearthly magical world.
The “Resonating Dune” is not an average dune in the desert. It stands on the beautiful prairie in the east of Tianshan Mountain, surrounded by exuberant flora and dense forests. The surroundings make the dune so "irrelevant"as if it had flew here from somewhere else.
Like a skillful artisan, the wind has left wonderful pieces of artistic work everywhere in Xinjiang. But apparently it is not the only natural carver in Xinjiang. The crustal movement, the changing climate, the water scour and even the erosion caused by sunshine have all contributed to today's magnificent landscapes of Xinjiang. The Wucaiwan, or "Five-colored Bay".is dazzling. The silicified wood is miraculous. The drift lakes are rare to be seen elsewhere. The half-black-half-white hill is unique. The grand canyon in Tianshan Mountain is precipitous. The fractured zone at Fuyun is gigantic. The "Heavenly Gate" at Atushi is marvelous. The rock resembling the Avalokitesvara Buddha is vivid. And the shape of the "Great Man Hill" at Tacheng looks exactly like the figure of late Chairman Mao Zedong, who is resting in peace in his memorial hall on Beijing's Tian'anmen Square.
Having witnessed these extraordinary scenes, you'll understand how powerful and skillful Nature can be.